February 22, 2018 - Les Miserables at Hilton Head Prep
Peggy Trecker WhiteHelen Ryan introduced Peggy Trecker White, the Director of Les Miserables and some of the cast for this great production being put on by Hilton Head Prep. We were graced by 4 outtakes from the overall performance just to give us a small sample of the overall production. They all did a great job and left us wanting to make sure we support this undertaking.
This performance is an all-school performance of Victor Hugo’s landmark novel about social change and political revolution in 19th century France. It details the trials of France’s lower class and exemplifies the triumph of the human spirit. Its uplifting message of hope, its grad epic tale and glorious music has made it the longest running musical of all time.
February 15, 2018 - Music To Our Ears
Steve WilmotIt’s always enlightening and entertaining when one of our own speak to the Club. This week was doubly so because we had two members, Mary Briggs and Mario Incorvaia, who shared the exciting new plans and programs of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. As everyone in and around Hilton Head knows, there has been much “talk” about the future of our arts programs. Congratulations to Mary, Mario and the orchestra board for moving beyond the “talk” and putting a plan for their future in place.
For more than 30 years, the orchestra has performed traditional music, in a traditional setting with a traditional schedule, offering memberships, sponsorships and classic orchestra entertainment. Two new programs have emerged from these focus groups that have strengthened the symphony and will continue to grow and expand. Mario expanded on the details of both areas - the youth programs and relcation to 7 Dragoon Road.
February 1, 2018 - 50 Years of a Great Heritage
Steve WilmotThe Club was thrilled to host guest speaker Steve Wilmot, the Tournament Director of the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, sponsored by Boeing. Steve has been with the RBC Heritage for over thirty years, and the upcoming Heritage will be his twenty-second as Director.
A part of the PGA Tour, the annual Heritage Event held on Hilton Head Island is like none of the other forty-one PGA events, and has been host over the years to notables including Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love, III, Jim Furyk and Nick Faldo. This year, though, Steve promises an extra special celebration: the Heritage celebrates its fiftieth year with 2018’s theme, “Cheers to 50 Years!” The ‘Action Plan’ for the fifty-year celebration includes a new logo, PGA Tour content and merchandise, special sponsorships from Coca-Cola and Michelob, bringing prior Heritage winners in as guests for this year’s opening and other events and the unveiling of the Harbourtown plaid lighthouse on February 18 (but this is a secret divulged to Club members only, so keep it under your plaid hat!). .
So prepare to celebrate this year’s Heritage, mark your calendars for April 9-15, and get ready to shout “Cheers to 50 Years!”
January 25, 2018 - A Great Race, A Great Experience
Mark Piekarski & Janennel“Learning on the fly and enjoying every minute of it! Mark Piekarski and his navigator (fiancé) Janennel shared their experiences from the 2016 Great Race. No matter the route, Great Race participants viewed the most amazing scenery this country has to offer, and toured some of the coolest back roads to get there. These pre-World War II cars aren’t exactly cut out for interstate driving, so the intricate routes were designed to suit antique cars and their capabilities, in terms of speed, and durability. Mike and Janennel raced their 1947 Ford “Super Deluxe” Convertible from San Rafael, CA to Moline, Il, across the historic Lincoln Highway. They had two goals – 1) Don’t get lost and 2) Finish!
There’s no question that the camaraderie among Great Race participants is the most incredible aspect of the event. No matter your background, culture or chosen race vehicle, the playing field is totally equal when you consider the reason all these racers come together. It’s all about spending time with like-minded folks, and getting to know one another in a grand journey across our United States. Ordinary car guys are treated as celebrities and heroes, signing autographs and answering countless questions from people who greatly admire their efforts in this wonderful race. Congratulations to Mark and Janennel for not getting lost and finishing the race—and seemingly still enjoying each other’s company! .
January 11, 2018 - Bringing Our History Alive
Hilton Head Island High School Choir“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” (Marcus Garvey) We heard about the long and short term goals of our own history, Mitchelville, from the new Executive Director, Ahmad Ward. Mitchelville is not just an important piece of local history, but has important historical value to our country. The Mitchelville Preservation Project is saving and reestablishing this valuable site.
Mitchelville was the first self-governed freeman’s town in the US. In 1862, shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed -- while most of the African-American slave population was still trying to adjust to the idea of their new post-war freedom -- the people of Mitchelville were busy creating a completely new, self-governed culture that would be the guidepost for generations to follow. It’s a story as old and as rich as the soil itself; a testament to the sacrifice, resilience and perseverance of our nation’s very first freedmen, and thanks to The Mitchelville Preservation Project, today, America can relive it. .